We are in the midst of a changing of the guard in our Spokane office. Senior Program Manager, Cathy Sacco will retire this month and we are celebrating and recognizing her accomplishments.

Cathy has been a mentor, leader and pioneer in the field of employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for nearly 30 years. She has ensured, for nearly two decades, that Spokane and the eastern side of WA state had access to quality training and technical assistance as a member of the Wise team.

In her years with Wise, Cathy has assisted in implementing large employer hiring initiatives, worked on a pilot project which connected youth with the employer community through mentoring, developed a self-determination/personal agent pilot project to give individuals a greater voice in directing their employment dollars, expanded our TA and training into other WA State counties and into other states wishing to elevate their integrated community employment outcomes for people with significant disabilities, and assisted individuals, families and services providers with information about how to experience greater economic self-sufficiency, while assuring access to necessary benefits.

Thank you for the wonderful work and support over the years Cathy. Enjoy the next chapter!

The following is a letter from Cathy…
First, we are excited to share that we have two new staff members; Charly Walters and Stephen Eyman! They can be reached at charly@gowise.org and stehpen@gowise.org.

Secondly, I am writing to let you know that Monday, July 31st, will be my last day with Wise.

The last 16 + years spent with Wise, Wise staff and all of you have been incredible. I am so grateful for the relationships I have formed in that time and working with all of you. For a few of you, our relationship has been 27 + years. As you can imagine, letting go is bitter sweet. I have held my work close and its importance in my life will continue as I navigate new roads.

I will be retiring from Wise but will remain a Wise Associate. I will still be living in Spokane, so I truly hope our paths will cross again in the not-so-distant future. In the meantime, please feel free to stay in touch with me via my new email address: cathymsacco@gmail.com

Rest assured, you are still connected to Wise and will receive information, conference dates and training opportunities regularly from the Wise Team.

Thanks again for the work that you do, for partnering with me and Wise and for your promotion of employment over the years!

All the best,

Cathy